223. Yuhina gularis.
The Stripe-throated Yuhina.
Yuhina gularis, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 166 (1836); Blyth, Cat. p. 100; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 261; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 261; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 44 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 396; Blyth, Birds Burnt, p. 110; Hume, Cat. no. 626; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 321; Oates, B. B. i, p. 150 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 631; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 139.
The Stripe-throated Flower-pecker, Jerd.; Fugi-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. Forehead and crest rich hair-brown; upper plumage, wing-coverts, tertiaries, and tail olive-brown, tinged with fulvous on the rump ; lores, cheeks, and ear-coverts grey ; chin and throat ' pale rufescent, streaked with black; breast plain rufescent; remainder of lower plumage dull orange-brown, duller on the sides ; primary-coverts and winglet black ; wings blackish, the third to the sixth primaries edged with pale grey on the terminal portion of the outer webs, and all the secondaries except the first edged throughout their entire Length with orange-brown.
Upper mandible black; lower mandible horny brown ; iris brown or dark brown; feet deep buff or orange ; claws dusky (Scully).
Length about 6 ; tail 2.4; wing 2.8; tarsus .8; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikhim, and Bhutan, from 4000 to 10,000 feet of elevation. Blyth records this species from Arrakan, but there is no recent instance of its occurrence in this division known.
Habits, &c. Breeds, according to Hodgson, from April to July, building a large, massive, egg-shaped nest of moss in the fork of a branch or between ledges of rock. The eggs are a pale buff-colour, thickly spotted with red or brownish red, and measure .8 by .56.